Re: Kozol to Kennedy
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- Subject: Re: Kozol to Kennedy
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- Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 12:07:43 EST
In a message dated 1/3/2008 11:13:21 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Note that a few of us were concerned about Kozol's formulation in his letter
of multiple measures in a way that seemed to be tests plus other
non-academic things; I encouraged him to refer to "multiple sources of evidence of
student learning" that would include varied classroom and local assessments.
Jonathan has assured me that he had spoking about multiple sources of evidence
of learning with Kennedy at the meeting, but in his haste did not include that
in his writeup. He will also further address concerns about the inappropriate
uses of tests on ELL students. He is meeting with Kennedy again in the near
ELL and ESE are the two key "accomodation" areas. They have not been
addressed in any meaningful way, and children and families are effectively pushed
out while testing continues to be pushed down and marketed in the guise of
improving education for ELL and ESE. ESE students get a meaningless paper
attendance certificate before NCLB. They get one now. What's the difference?
Vouchers and "opportunity" scholarships ship them out to private schools for a
year and two and they come back, worse off than ever. ELL education is tied
to teacher training and meaningful curriculum changes, not tinkering and
lowering testing standards and causing more division within the student body and
The bottom line is NCLB touted improvement and reform, and funding or no
funding, it has provided neither. Jonathan came to talk to us at FSU when I was
there and he is sensitive to ELL needs. He didn't address ESE then. We
cannot talk about one group without mentioning the other, since a number of ELLs
have been misclassified and put in speech therapy for years in rural
districts simply to get them some services when no ELL curriculum was available.
NCLB has not addressed that either.
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